Adult Education

Introduction to Judaism

With Rabbi Maderer, Rabbi Freedman, Cantor Frankel, and Catherine Fischer
Tuesdays, January 23 through April 10,  6-8 pm

If you are an interfaith couple, if you are considering converting to Judaism, or if you are Jewish and looking for beginner’s education, “Introduction to Judaism” is perfect for you.  Click here to register.

For more information contact Alicia Broudy.

ReadRS

ReadRS  next book  selection  is  Levittown  by  David  Kushner
Levittown  is  the story  of  the  first  African-American  family  to  move  into  an  iconic  Pennsylvania  suburb  60  years  ago. It  is  the  true  story  of  ordinary  people  taking  an  extraordinary  stand.

Torah Study

The cornerstone of our learning is our Saturday morning Torah Study. We discuss the weekly Torah portion and have a lively and spirited conversation as we relate this ancient text to our daily lives.
No special training or prerequisite courses are necessary for you to attend. Neither is there an entrance requirement for the understanding of Torah. When we come to it in study, there are no barriers to keep us distant from our heritage.

New Beginnings

Catherine Fischer will facilitate a series of discussions on identity, family, and community and provide an opportunity to share the challenges and joys of how your path is shaping those issues. Our final class on May 16 will be a visit to the mikveh.
By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Our hope is that this class will serve your needs and interests on your personal journey wherever that may take you.

Hebrew Through Prayer

Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and roots to translate one or two familiar prayers from our liturgy.
Prerequisite: Beginners Hebrew or equivalent (i.e. Has learned all Hebrew letters and vowels and has had practice reading.)
Cost for the series: $100 (members and non-members)
Register with Candice Nemoff ([email protected])

New Beginnings

Catherine Fischer will facilitate a series of discussions on identity, family, and community and provide an opportunity to share the challenges and joys of how your path is shaping those issues. Our final class on May 16 will be a visit to the mikveh.
By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Our hope is that this class will serve your needs and interests on your personal journey wherever that may take you.

The Changing Landscape of Philadelphia Today: A Talk and Conversation with Councilman Allan Domb & Fred Strober

Councilman Allan Domb* will share his first year experiences as a member of Philadelphia's City Council  and his views about where the City stands today, where he’d like to see it going and how all of that impacts RS as an institution with a significant investment in its immediate community around North Broad Street as well as in the larger Philadelphia community.

Social Justice Film Night at the First Unitarian Church

Social Justice Film Night: "13th" Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 PM, in the Sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street

We will be cosponsoring a screening of "13th," a powerful documentary from Ava Duvernay (director of "Selma") about the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery except for criminals. The award-winning film is "an in depth look at the prison system in the U.S. and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality."  

Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Presentation of Current Landscape of Anti-Semitsim and Hate Speech

ADL, Associate Regional Director, Robin Burstein, will do a presentation on the current state of anti-semitism, generalized hate and hate speech; how the ADL is responding and what RS community members can do.
Subsequent workshops will follow with dates to be determined.
Sponsored by Men of RS and open to everyone

Sunday Seminar: Food Rescue & Distribution: Minimizing Waste, Maximizing Resources

In conjunction with the Hazon Jewish Food Festival we are conducting a panel discussion.
Presenters: Cathy Snyder, Rolling Harvest
                     Melanie Cataldi, Philabundance
                     Rabbi Eli Freedman, Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Moderator: Marissa McClellan, Food Writer & Canning Teacher

Lunch & Learn

New Topic : The High Holy Days: Are they as important as we make them?" Come discuss recent articles written by rabbis suggesting our emphasis on the High Holy Days is misplaced.
Discussion led by Cantor Erin Frankel

Shofar Lessons

Learn to blow the shofar
Shofar lessons with Rabbi Eli Freedman will be offered to all ages on Sunday
September 25 at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary.
Shofars are currently 50%
off in the RS gift shop, thanks to the Men of RS!

At the end of the concluding service on Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 12, congregants of all
ages are invited to participate in the "Great Blast of Shofars." Bring your shofar and help us create a beautiful sound.  

Hebrew Through Prayer

Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and roots to translate one or two familiar prayers from our liturgy.
Prerequisite: Beginners Hebrew or equivalent (i.e. Has learned all Hebrew letters and vowels and has had practice reading.)
Cost for the series: $100 (members and non-members)
Register with Candice Nemoff ([email protected])

Hebrew Through Prayer

Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and roots to translate one or two familiar prayers from our liturgy.
Prerequisite: Beginners Hebrew or equivalent (i.e. Has learned all Hebrew letters and vowels and has had practice reading.)
Cost for the series: $100 (members and non-members)
Register with Candice Nemoff ([email protected])

Witness to the Holocaust

Join us in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Witness to Holocaust, where we will hear from Holocaust survivor, Joseph Kahn, and his amazing journey surviving several Nazi labor camps and concentration camps.

This educational event is supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Transitions in Jewish History with Rabbi Alan Fuchs

Exile to Babylonia and Return
The Babylonians destroyed Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem in the year 586 B.C.E. Much of Jerusalem was destroyed and a large number if its inhabitants were exiled to Babylonia. The exile and its aftermath is was one of the most important transitions in Jewish history, historically and theologically. In this session we will learn about the importance of that moment in our past.

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